Friday, August 31, 2007

Scott McKenzie---If You're Going To San Francisco

by Hector Diego


This and the next two posts are dedicated to The Pondering Pig. He was born into a family of talking pigs, and grew up in a barn near the Cliff House in San Francisco. He says that before there was Haight-Ashbury, there was Haight-Ashbury.

You know, I could almost believe that.

Tony Bennett---I Left My Heart In San Francisco

by Hector Diego


This is the view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point, where the beautiful Kim Novak, in the excellent film Vertigo, throws herself into San Francisco Bay.

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Gregorian Chants

by Hector Diego

St. Francis of Assisi, 1181--1226.

"It has been said that St Francis thanked his donkey at his bedside for carrying and helping him throughout his life, as his donkey wept."

Clearly, St. Francis was not an ordinary person.

Scholars have concluded that the Gregorian system of chanting was developed before the 10th century, CE.

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Tilly And The Wall---Pictures Of Horses

by Hector Diego


Bright Eyes---Lua

by Hector Diego


Beatles Montage, Let It Be

by Hector Diego


Get up and do something, but yes, let it be.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Rilo Kiley - With Arms Outstretched (Germany 2007)

by Jay Allbritton
From Berlin, Monday night. It's fun to virtually follow a tour like this.

"Here's one about a place called Michigan..."

by Hector Diego


By now you might have noticed that the Station Agent and I are nuts for the music of Rilo Kiley. Here's a performance of "Paint's Peeling" I wished I had attended...but we can't have everything...

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Chambers Brothers---Time Has Come Today

by Hector Diego


You don't want to miss this one. It's the long version.

Nellie McKay - The Dog Song

by Jay Allbritton
From Letterman.

Way Early Beatles----Talking About You

by Hector Diego


This officially unreleased recording is an example of what the Beatles sounded like on the way to the top. You can tell they have not quite attained their stride, but they are getting there. First they have to get rid of Pete Best, their drummer, and bring in fellow traveler Ringo Starr.

Then everything was in place.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Look who Just Showed Up in the NBA

by Jay Allbritton

Buffy St. Marie---Universal Soldier

by Hector Diego


Here's the artist performing her own composition.



This is Donovan's version.

Edwin Starr---War

by Hector Diego


I'll bet the farm this dude wishes he were somewhere else.

George Harrison---Run Of The Mill Demo

by Hector Diego


In 1970, George Harrison casually played this unfinished song for his producer, Phil Spector. The album version is rather grand, with lush orchestration from Spector.

I like this version's simplicity, and Harrison's emphasis on "everyone has choice". Oh yes, everyone does. Let's stop blaming others, and turn our gaze upon ourselves.

That's my philosophy, a rational choice concept of human behavior. I'm not saying it's easy for me to live by it, but I try.

Hindu Holiday Today---Balarama's Birthday

by Hector Diego


In Hinduism, Balarama is known as the older brother of Lord Krishna. Today is Lord Balarama's birthday.

He's God too. Read about Him here.

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Beatles And Their Women

by Hector Diego


Lorne Green---Ringo

by Hector Diego


Heck, if it weren't for Lorne Green once saving Ringo's life, we would not have had the Beatles. But Ringo had better watch his back.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Ravi Shankar---Discovery Of India

by Hector Diego

South Asian subcontinent, satellite image.


Something light, beautiful, with a beat.

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Rilo Kiley at Islington Academy, London

by Jay Allbritton
Clips from RK's performance at Islington Academy, on August 20, 2007.

University of Chicago Ratifies Environmental Vegetarianism

by Hector Diego

This is what a cleaner Earth tastes like.


From The Huffington Post:

"For a decade now, the image of Leonardo DiCaprio cruising in his hybrid Toyota Prius has defined the gold standard for environmentalism. These gas-sipping vehicles became a veritable symbol of the consumers' power to strike a blow against global warming. Just think: a car that could cut your vehicle emissions in half - in a country responsible for 25% of the world's total greenhouse gas emissions. Federal fuel economy standards languished in Congress, and average vehicle mileage dropped to its lowest level in decades, but the Prius showed people that another way is possible. Toyota could not import the cars fast enough to meet demand.

Last year researchers at the University of Chicago took the Prius down a peg when they turned their attention to another gas guzzling consumer purchase. They noted that feeding animals for meat, dairy, and egg production requires growing some ten times as much crops as we'd need if we just ate pasta primavera, faux chicken nuggets, and other plant foods. On top of that, we have to transport the animals to slaughterhouses, slaughter them, refrigerate their carcasses, and distribute their flesh all across the country. Producing a calorie of meat protein means burning more than ten times as much fossil fuels--and spewing more than ten times as much heat-trapping carbon dioxide--as does a calorie of plant protein. The researchers found that, when it's all added up, the average American does more to redu
ce global warming emissions by going vegetarian than by switching to a Prius."

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George Harrison---While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Acoustic Version

by Hector Diego


Do you keep a picture of George Harrison in your room? Do you sometimes feel, when listening to While My Guitar Gently Weeps, that George is speaking to you from the beyond? I'll admit, I do.

George felt that he could feel John Lennon's presence after his assassination in 1980. He said that if you couldn't feel close to those you know and love, there is no hope of getting close to God. That's a rather pithy observation, I say.

I never "knew" George but we all loved him...

John Lennon---God

by Hector Diego



"God is a concept by which we measure our pain." Lennon doesn't elaborate a meaning for this provocative lyric, so you can think of it as you like--he simply goes on to tell us what he doesn't believe in.

Notice he says he doesn't believe in mantra; he does not say he doesn't recite any mantra, or suggest that others should not recite a mantra.

After four decades of analyzing Lennon's lyrics and statements in interviews, I steadfastly maintain that his provocative lyrics were never meant to tell anyone how or what to think.

Lennon's lyrics are aimed at getting people to think.

That's Lennon 101...of a liberal education.



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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Ravi Shankar---Gayatri Mantra

by Hector Diego


You don't have to travel to India to learn meditation--the kingdom of God is within you.

The sacred Gayatri mantra is recited daily by Hindus, at dawn, noon, and dusk. For thousands of years this mantra was supposed to be heard and recited by initiates only, but at this late date it is printed in Indian newspapers.

So, like the newspapers, we are risking the wrath of orthodoxy in presenting this beautiful mantra here. Somehow I doubt the gods would mind.

Read more about Hinduism.

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Woody Guthrie---This Land Is Your Land

by Hector Diego


Woody Guthrie inspired several generations of folk singers to sing out--the land belongs to no one, it belongs to all. Isn't that right, Station Agent?

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Girl Reads Animal Rights Poem

by Hector Diego


Opponents of animal rights--the Rush Limbaughs and Michael Savages of the world--are fond of saying human rights must come first, as if animal rights somehow interfere with human rights. They never offer any details to this saying, they simply repeat it ad nauseum, and those inclined to agree with them also repeat it.

Exactly what is it about animal rights that interferes with human rights?

Say what? Speak up now.

Straight Talk---A Case For Vegetarianism

by Hector Diego


This articulate young man finds flaws with religious texts, then builds a case for being vegetarian.

The Beatles---I Saw Her Standing There

by Hector Diego



Last night I decided our family--my wife and I and the girls still at home, 7, 9, and 12--needed some entertainment. So I got on esnips and selected several classics from the Beatles' early recordings, before they became "sophisticated" and were considered "art".

Immediately the girls started tapping their feet and singing along. In my view, the Beatles did not "improve" over their early albums as they went along, they merely added some delightful nuances. You go back and listen to their early work and you realize that their songwriting and playing was always rock-solid, the best in the business. Their music just plain made people feel happy!

Music could have no higher purpose. The Station Agent may or may not agree with me about music's purpose, but he agrees that the early Beatles are as great as the later Beatles.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

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Rilo Kiley---Breaking Up

by Hector Diego


The sound quality is sketchy, but worth watching. For Rilo Kiley people only.

Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight (Amsterdam)

by Jay Allbritton
From last night (8-24-07) in Amsterdam.

Rilo Kiley - Somebody Else's Clothes

by Jay Allbritton
From 2004. One of the most intense performances I've seen from Jenny Lewis. Heartbreaking.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Beatles--Rain

by Hector Diego


This was one of the first songs to feature a backwards tape loop. Maybe the first.

If the rain comes they run and hide their heads.
They might as well be dead.
If the rain comes, if the rain comes.
When the sun shines they slip into the shade
(When the sun shines down.)
And sip their lemonade.
(When the sun shines down.)
When the sun shines, when the sun shines.
Rain, I don't mind.
Shine, the weather's fine.
I can show you that when it starts to rain,
(When the Rain comes down.)
Everything's the same.
(When the Rain comes down.)
I can show you, I can show you.
Rain, I don't mind.
Shine, the weather's fine.
Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines,
(When it Rains and shines.)
It's just a state of mind?
(When it rains and shines.)
Can you hear me, can you hear me?
If the rain comes they run and hide their heads.
sdaeh rieht edih dna nur yeht semoc niar eht fI.
(Rain)
naiR.
(Rain)
enihsnuS.

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Tori Amos - Yes, Anastasia

by Jay Allbritton
Tori's ode to the legendary daughter of the last Czar of Russia thought to have survived the execution of the Russian royal family. She did not. Today news came about the fate of her brother. Russia's opening an investigation.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

I'll Follow The Sun 1960--1964

by Hector Diego

Sir Paul McCartney at his old school,
Liverpool Institute for Boys


In 1960, 17 year old Paul McCartney had a rough idea for a song that would later become a very polished composition in 1964--"I'll Follow the Sun.''

And here's Old Mac singing "I'll Follow The Sun" at the age of 21. I would say he has improved quite a bit in four years. The Beatles are an example to anyone striving for self-improvement.

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Wizard of Oz---If I Only Had A Heart

by Hector Diego


I'm one of those dudes that does not care for musicals. Most men don't. But my all-time favorite movie is the Wizard of Oz, simply because no finer film has ever been made. And I love the music!

For me, this song dispels sadness.

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New Ringo Starr Interview

by Jay Allbritton
Good old Ringo.

From AP (h/t Russ Weiss):
Forget "When I'm 64." Ringo Starr has that age in his rearview mirror.

But the 67-year-old ex-Beatle still has the musical drive and looks of a rock 'n' roller half his age. And he acts it, too.

Seated recently in a swank hotel room in Beverly Hills, Starr looked slender in a blazer and slim-fit jeans flecked with blue pen scratches (his own scribblings, he disclosed).

His customary shades only left his face once, exchanged for a tinted pair of glasses. For the past 20 years, Starr's eyes have remained well hidden, symbolic of his rock-star cool.

"Photograph: The Very Best of Ringo Starr" — culled from his solo career and label-spanning collection of tunes from 1970-2005 — arrives in CD racks Aug. 28. Between sips of water, Starr cracked jokes and chatted with The Associated Press about aging, the past and staying in the game.

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Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Nashville Parthenon

by Jay Allbritton

Help!

by Hector Diego


Not all Christians rejected John Lennon as the Anti-Christ.

Rachel Jacobs - It's Fun to Run

by Jay Allbritton
Intense acoustic rocker Rachel Jacobs has finally popped up on YouTube. She usually plays in Washington, D.C., but this footage is from Indonesia in 2004.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Alanis Morissette and Seal - Crazy

by Jay Allbritton
Alanis Morissette's version of Seal's "Crazy".



And here's the original.

Rilo Kiley---Silver Lining Video

by Hector Diego

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight

by Jay Allbritton
Also from London. Not to be outdone, Jenny steps up with an acoustic number of her own... The title track.

Rilo Kiley - Ripchord

by Jay Allbritton
From the show in London. Last night or the night before.

Beatles vs. Oasis---I Am The Walrus

by Hector Diego


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Rilo Kiley - Capturing Moods

by Jay Allbritton

Monday, August 20, 2007

Rilo Kiley Perform on BBC Radio

by Jay Allbritton
Here's a couple of acoustic versions of songs from the new Rilo Kiley album, Under the Blacklight.

I'm a long way from mounting a coherent review of this album, but it's coming. Gimme a week or two. These performances, however, I am completely prepared to proclaim eggsellent (Hat tip to Geekroick from RKNet for posting this on the forum).

MP3 Rilo Kiley - The MoneyMaker (Acoustic BBC 08-19-07)
MP3 Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight (Acoustic BBC 08-19-07)

Bob Dylan---Highway 61 Revisited

by Hector Diego


Pondering Pig is now writing fiction about when he was an "original hippie."

You gotta hand it to the Pig, his essentialism is refreshing. At least he doesn't doubt everything that comes down the pike. But he does doubt the claims of religion, and because his latest true to life fiction mentions gangsters, for some reason I felt compelled to highlight here a tale of God and gangsters. Out on Highway 61. Or somewhere in the Haight district, San Francisco.

Now that is a city, or rather, The City, as it is known anywhere from Monterrey to Eureka.

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Meg and Dia - No Rain

by Jay Allbritton
From Warped Tour. Glad someone's doing this sucker live.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Die Hard in Ten Minutes

by Jay Allbritton
Here's an interesting use for YouTube--Cliff notes versions of movies. Some kind Tuber condensed Die Hard into ten lively minutes. Enjoy.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Yoko Ono Demonstrates Onochord Invention

by Hector Diego


Now do we all understand why Lennon married her?

Moody Blues---Never Comes The Day

by Hector Diego


Live, 1970.

Louis Armstrong---Wonderful World

by Hector Diego


The Evolution Of A Beatles Song

by Hector Diego




Paul looks like an English parson. Notice there is no bass playing here, just George playing some notes on his bass strings. It looks like, then, with the second clip we are witnessing the final version of the song, live, with no further editing.

The Black Crowes - Sometimes Salvation

by Jay Allbritton

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Bach---Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

by Hector Diego


Ray Charles---Georgia On My Mind

by Hector Diego


Sam Cooke---A Change Is Gonna Come

by Hector Diego


This guy set the pace for minority artists in the 60's--you could say he opened some doors--and died way too young. So much can be traced back to Sam Cooke.

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Rilo Kiley - Give a Little Love

by Jay Allbritton

Laranja Mecanica---Twist And Shout

by Hector Diego



Roy Zimmerman Asks What if the Beatles were Irish?

by Jay Allbritton
One of my fellow unrulies, Jump to the Left sent me this video. Very funny. Thanks Jump!

Arcade Fire Hallway Encore

by Jay Allbritton
How many bands play in the hall after their gig?

Tadhg Cooke - Road Map and George's St Arcade

by Jay Allbritton
I've been enjoying Tadhg Cooke's Wax and Seal album.

This is the video for "Road Map"


And this is one of the tunes off his album, "George's St Arcade".

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Christ Family---Trust In The Lord

by Hector Diego


The Christ Family is not your average Christian group meeting once or twice a week for Bible study. They are led by a wild dude named Lightning Amen, headquartered out in Hemet, California. In 2004 I did my first offical ethnographical work as a university researcher by interviewing Amen and his merry band of vegan and reincarnation-believing Christ Brothers (and Sisters). They all have Christ as their last name, so that there is Gary Christ, Mary Christ, etc. I was attracted to this group because they would never eat an animal. I figured, at the very least they are right on that one.

Amen is an impressive speaker. He rambles all over the place, but his words have been known to move people to change their lives.

The Christ Family is a cult, and by cult I mean nothing negative. A religious cult is simply a religious group with ideas and values that contradict the norms of society. This is why I love cults.

Gary Christ, if you ever read this, please leave a comment. In the wind, brother.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Rilo Kiley---Science Vs. Romance

by Hector Diego


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Be Kind Rewind Trailer

by Jay Allbritton
Here's an interesting premise for a comedy starring two damn fine musicians (Mos Def and Jack Black).

The Beatles---Twist And Shout

by Hector Diego


Lennon's distinctive voice is the magic here.

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Behold the Chromatone

by Jay Allbritton
Reinventing the keyboard. I want one!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Mmcs122 - Miss Misery

by Jay Allbritton
TWS's favorite YouTube cover artist strikes again with a gripping version of Elliott Smith's "Miss Misery".

Lennon Interview, 1973

by Hector Diego


John did not rule out another Beatles recording in 1973, three years after the band was legally defunct. We'll never really know if it could have happened, but from what I have gleaned from Harrison's side, it would not have happened. Basically, he did not want to work with Paul.

It's amazing that four men as creative as the Beatles could work together at all. We're just glad that they made a decade of the 20th century very, very special.

Midnight Star---Freakazoid

by Hector Diego


Hector Diego just had too much sugar. And so we have here Freakazoid, 1983. Come on and wind me up, I'm on a roll...a jelly roll, that is.

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Jane's Addiction - Chip Away

by Jay Allbritton
From Lollapalooza 1991. The original.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

The Beatles in Melbourne, Australia, 1964

by Hector Diego


At the end of the show you'll see some dude dressed up like a Beatle running out on the stage to shake Lennon's hand. They were always terrified that some crazy person would kill them.

Ah, but the good die young.

Ben Gibbard - Complicated

by Jay Allbritton
This performance of Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service singer Ben Gibbard doing Avril Lavigne's song "Complicated" has been floating around the internets for a while, but it always cracks me up. It's been on repeat in my Archos all day. What's an Archos you ask? That's a whole other post. And yes, I had to Google Avril Lavigne to spell it right. I'm not a big fan, which is why I'm so amazed that Gibbard makes this song poignant somehow.

MP3 Ben Gibbard - Complicated (Avril Lavigne Cover)

By the way something, if you download this track and play it for your circle of friends, I'm thinking you're gonna get a sing-a-long happening. Watch.

Pearl Jam Censored By ATT; Rock Lollapalooza

by Jay Allbritton
From Pearl Jam.Com:
After concluding our Sunday night show at Lollapalooza, fans informed us that portions of that performance were missing and may have been censored by AT&T during the "Blue Room" Live Lollapalooza Webcast.

When asked about the missing performance, AT&T informed Lollapalooza that portions of the show were in fact missing from the webcast, and that their content monitor had made a mistake in cutting them.

During the performance of "Daughter" the following lyrics were sung to the tune of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" but were cut from the webcast:

- "George Bush, leave this world alone." (the second time it was sung); and

- "George Bush find yourself another home."

This, of course, troubles us as artists but also as citizens concerned with the issue of censorship and the increasingly consolidated control of the media.

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PJ opened with "Why Go" from 1991's unstoppable Ten album. A nice touch. Despite my dozens of live bootlegs, I don't think I've heard them play that live since I saw them at Lollapalooza '92.

Check it out yourself:


Oh, and here's a couple of must-have PJ MP3. Both covers. If you don't know who they're covering... Google.

MP3 Pearl Jam - Driven to Tears.
MP3 Pearl Jam - Masters of War.

The Elected in Sweden

by Jay Allbritton
Went on a road trip to a wedding last weekend. I caught a ride with my good friends Rob and Annie. Annie and I both really like The Elected (MySpace Page) but they make Rob's ears bleed. To each his own. Unfortunately for him, I made her a copy of a radio performance they did in Sweden in 2006 and she stuck that baby right in the CD player. He was a good sport about it.

Here's one from that performance.

MP3 - The Elected - Not Going Home (Sweden 2006).

Here's a couple other live performances.

MP3 - The Elected - Fireflies in a Steel Mill (kcrw).
MP3 - The Elected - Bank and Trust (Washington, D.C. 11/7/06)

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